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Nov. 5, 2019 bond request — safety and security upgrades for all schools

Image for illustration only, not an exact rendering

Image for illustration only, not an exact rendering

Keeping our kids and employees safe provides a great learning environment and peace of mind. An identified priority in the Nov. 2019 bond request is safety and security upgrades at all district buildings. Project estimates for each site are below, totaling $4.2 million.

Each school will be retro-fitted with a double door entry system, cameras, fencing and other systems as appropriate to control access to schools. Contractors, security consultants and staff members from each school will contribute to determining how best to keep everyone safe.

The photo above is a double door entry way system used in Cowlitz and Clark county schools to allow school personnel to control access to the school.

Additional fencing
Secure entrance

Secure entrance – additional fencing at entrance
Access controls
Exterior lighting
Cameras
Intercom system improvements
Perimeter fencing- to be completed in 2019

Secure entrance
Access controls
More cameras
Intercom system

Secure entrance
Emergency exit doors

Fencing/gates to enclose playground
More cameras
Partial wall to enclose library
Gate in entry to auditorium

Access controls
Additional video surveillance and handheld communications devices

Allowance for temporary improvements

Secure entrance
Additional and new cameras

Secure entrance

Allowance for temporary improvements

Intercom speakers for main building, hallway, outside, office paper room, workroom
Lockdown button for main doors (secure entrance)
Secure entrance to control access to the main hallway
Building control access from Monticello Field
Reconfigure porch to control access to students during dismissal
Remove east wall
Build wall at existing steps to funnel student to the fence and gate
General fencing improvements

Access controls
Additional video surveillance and handheld communications devices
Secure entry

Secure entrance

Secure entrance
Additional video surveillance

Secure entrance
Access controls

Secure entrance
Access controls

Notification system
Exterior door replacement allowance – Phase I of long term replacement plan

Read more about capital bond projects here.

Read more about the bond planning process here.

2019-05-16T13:13:35-07:00April 9th, 2019|

Nov. 5, 2019 bond request — Memorial Stadium upgrades

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Upgrades to Memorial Stadium are estimated at $7 million. This includes:

  • Redesign track and field and install artificial turf for year-round use.
  • New lighting, scoreboard, and storage facility.
  • Upgrade the main grandstand to repair water and concrete damage.
    • New roof
    • Repair plumbing and heating
    • Remodel locker rooms
    • Refurbish bathrooms
    • Replace Seating
  • Also under consideration:
    • New visitor bleachers (uncovered) on opposite side of grandstand.
    • Sheltered year-round use facility.

Read more about capital bond projects here.

Read more about the bond planning process here.

2019-05-08T10:51:33-07:00April 8th, 2019|

Nov. 5, 2019 bond request — Career Technical/Vocational upgrades

Upgrades to the R.A. Long and Mark Morris high schools’ Career Technical/Vocational programs are estimated at $8.4 million. The district will work with the local trades and experts to ensure programs reflect industry standards. Upgrades include:

  • Existing structures and classrooms remodeled.
    • RAL – Complete STEM Lab in the present wood shop area and upgrade the culinary arts work space.
    • MM – Upgrade and remodel Welding, Construction Technology and STEM areas
  • New equipment and tools
  • Bring our work spaces, tools and equipment up to industry and safety standards.
  • Upgrades are in addition to pre-apprenticeship program at Mark Morris and the high-tech technical/vocational remodel currently underway at R.A. Long

Read more about capital bond projects here.

Read more about the bond planning process here.

2019-05-17T16:21:31-07:00April 8th, 2019|

Nov. 5, 2019 bond request — Northlake replacement

sample elementary school rendering

Example illustration, not actual rendering.

Replacement of Northlake Elementary School is estimated to be $45.2 million. This includes:

  • Complete replacement of existing school.
  • Expand capacity to serve 540 students; Northlake currently serves 330 students.
    • Incorporate the state mandated special education preschool program into the design to serve 100 students at a time.
    • Students on the east side of Longview would be able to attend school closer to their own neighborhoods
  • Modern safety and security features built into the design.
  • New technology built into the classrooms/building.
  • Eliminate the use of portables.

Read more about capital bond projects here.

Read more about the bond planning process here.

2019-07-08T07:26:30-07:00April 8th, 2019|

Nov. 5, 2019 bond request — Mint Valley replacement

sample elementary school rendering

Example illustration, not actual rendering.

Replacement of Mint Valley Elementary School is estimated to be $45.2 million. This includes:

  • Complete replacement of existing school.
  • Expand capacity to serve 540 students to address future growth in west Longview. (Mint Valley currently serves 430 students.)
  • Modern safety and security designs built into new building.
  • New technology built into classrooms/building.
  • Eliminate the use of portables.

Read more about capital bond projects here.

Read more about the bond planning process here.

2019-07-08T07:25:33-07:00April 8th, 2019|

Nov. 5, 2019 bond request — large repair projects

The Nov. 5, 2019 bond request includes many large repair projects. Estimates for each project are below, totaling $9.4 million.

no large repair projects

Concrete and asphalt repairs

Interior lighting upgrades
Concrete repairs
Field drainage improvements
Carpet replacement

HVAC upgrades
Flooring replacements – carpet
Gym floor replacement
Interior lighting upgrade

Interior lighting upgrades
HVAC upgrades
Electrical upgrades

Replace gym floor

HVAC upgrades
Roof replacement

Ceiling tile replacement
Roof replacement

no large repair projects

Relocate Rm 22 portable onto asphalt area
Replace roof
Replace walls effected by leaking
Replace concrete and asphalt
Replace gym floor
Replace floor (consider tile?)
Electrical upgrade
Plumbing upgrade
Replace fire alarm
Install metal ramps for portables
Irrigation

Paving/concrete repairs
Replace flooring and paint at annex

Replace gym floor

Replace gym floor
Replace roof

Read more about capital bond projects here.

Read more about the bond planning process here.

2019-04-09T16:41:54-07:00April 8th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Lucia Alejandro

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Alejandro,” writes Mark Morris 9th grader Jacob Lawhern.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Jacob says, “This teacher takes the time out of her day to care about the well-being of her students, and always brightens up everyone’s day. Her class is both serious, and yet at the same time enjoyable and full of games that are quite fun. I love learning Spanish with her, because she makes it understandable and I don’t feel lost in her class at all.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2019-03-22T14:44:32-07:00March 22nd, 2019|

Star Polisher – Cynthia Jackson

Cynthia Jackson and EmmaWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Jackson,” writes R.A. Long 12th grader Emma Lindsey Gilchrist.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Emma says, “She has always helped those who were sad, depressed [or] angry. She is a very trustworthy person. All the students appreciate [her].”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2019-03-25T15:52:55-07:00March 22nd, 2019|

Star Polisher – Billy Arn

Billy Arn and TylerWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mr. Arn,” writes R.A. Long 10th grader Tyler Tronnes.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Tyler says, “He makes me feel good about myself and gives me someone to look up to.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2019-03-22T14:37:39-07:00March 22nd, 2019|

Star Polisher – Travis Ruhter

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mr. Ruhter,” writes R.A. Long 12th grader Abriana Alba-Estrada and Mark Morris 12th grader Ana Maria Sanchez Matias.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Abriana says, “Mr. Ruhter has always been an encouraging and supportive teacher. I have chosen to do Running Start my junior and senior year, and I have not been able to make many connections with teachers or receive a lot of support for it. However, choosing to take Spanish 3 my junior year and go to Spain with members of my Spanish class helped introduce me to Mr. Ruhter. He is very compassionate about his job and wants his students to succeed. He has always been so kind to me and a helpful teacher throughout Spanish 3 and our groups adventures in Spain. His constant support and passion for Spanish have helped me decide I want to pursue a minor in Spanish once I graduate high school and transfer to a university next year. All I can really say is thank you Mr. Ruhter for being a great role model and for caring so much about your students!”

“[Mr. Ruhter] made me feel like I have a purpose in life [and] keeps pushing me into passing and getting stuff done for Jack Time,” adds Ana Maria.

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2019-03-22T14:34:53-07:00March 20th, 2019|